What is dTMS (Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)?

dTMS is the least invasive of the brain-stimulation procedures used for depression. Magnetic brain stimulation is an up-and-coming technology and people seek to apply it to new diseases nearly as fast as they can be diagnosed. Deep Transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) may be used when standard treatments such as medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy) don’t work.

dTMS has be used for treatment of:

And, other applications listed below, are in the research stages:

How it Works

dTMS works by sending pulses of magnetic energy across the skull. These magnetic fields induce electric currents to flow in small patches of the brain of around one square centimetre, which in turn causes the neurons in that area to activate – these events take place over fractions of a second.

Note: There are two kinds of dTMS, and the differences will be discussed in a future article.

Common Side Effects

dTMS often causes minor short-term side effects. These side effects are generally mild and typically improve after the first week or two of treatment. They can include:


Before treatment begins, your doctor will need to identify the best place to put the magnets on your head and the best dose of magnetic energy for you.

What to Expect:

Once the coil placement and dose are identified, you’re ready to begin.

Here’s what to expect during each treatment:

After treatment, you can return to your normal daily activities. There are different ways to perform the procedure. Techniques may change as experts learn more about the most effective ways to perform treatments.


If dTMS works for you, your depression symptoms may improve or go away completely. Symptom relief takes place in just two weeks.

If you have any questions about this treatment option, please feel free to reach out to us at CPCH at 919-636-5240 and we will be happy to answer any questions for you.

Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne

Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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